News. Sources. GMM Facebook. Vote for cannabis! . Ballotpedia: marijuana and minimum wage. US minimum wage has 35% less buying power than in 1969. . Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell will not take up minimum wage issue, and Trump says he will veto it. And: ‘A Tale of 2 recessions’: Rich Americans get richer. Bottom half struggles. Skyrocketing hunger in US. . And: Trump paid no federal income tax 10 out of 15 years. . Remove Presidential veto power. Presidents should not determine legislation.
12 Jan 2021: Mexico. After 3-year delay, medical marijuana will be legal as of Jan 13, 2021.
10 Jan 2021: Call for UK prisons to trial free cannabis to see if it cuts drug deaths.
7 Jan 2021: US Senate Flip to Democrats Opens Door for Big Cannabis Reform.
3 Jan 2021: Democratic governor of Illinois erases 500,000 low-level cannabis charges.
1 Jan: NJWeedman Opens First Citizen Dispensary. Sells Marijuana In Trenton, New Jersey.
1 Jan 2021: In 2021, more than twenty states will increase their minimum wages for workers. Most of these changes are effective January 1, 2021. Democrat candidate Jon Ossoff (in the Georgia runoff election on Jan 5, 2021 for the US Senate) supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15. - . Republican candidate David Perdue has yet to say he supports a federal minimum wage at all.
30 Dec 2020: New Georgia Senate runoff poll finds Democrats' leads widening . "Everybody fundamentally understands that it's going to become an issue of partisan turnout".
29 Dec 2020: Judge orders Georgia counties to halt voter purge ahead of Senate runoff. .
27 Dec: Why a key Georgia county flipped from red to blue—and what it means for Democrats. .
27 Dec 2020: Teens expand TikTok playbook to help Democrats in Georgia runoffs.
25 Dec 2020: Democrat Jon Ossoff puts cannabis policy front and center, tweets 'Legalize It' at 4:20am. Georgia runoff election is Jan 5, 2021. Flip the US Senate to Democrats.
24 Dec 2020: Georgia’s Election Might Determine the Future of Marijuana Federally.
24 Dec 2020: Michigan's Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer commutes 3 long sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.
24 Dec 2020: Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock pulls ahead of Kelly Loeffler in Georgia Senate poll. Warnock supports cannabis reform.
24 Dec 2020: Federal marijuana decriminalization may come down to Georgia runoff.
23 Dec: Republican Mitch McConnell Cheers Lack Of Marijuana Banking Protections In New COVID Bill.
23 Dec: Georgia Senate Candidate Jon Ossoff (Democrat) Pitches Marijuana Legalization Plan To Young Voters On TikTok. Both Democrats in runoff support cannabis reform.
21 Dec 2020: Robert E. Lee statue removed from U.S. Capitol. Virginia plans to replace the statue of Confederate general Lee with one of civil rights icon Barbara Johns.
18 Dec 2020: Multnomah County prosecutors adopt Oregon's drug decriminalization measure early.
17 Dec 2020: High Times Greats: Milla Jovovich. Story republished from November, 1994 issue of High Times. In honor of Milla Jovovich’s birthday on December 17, 1975.
17 Dec 2020: Georgia Senate Races Will Decide 'Whether Weed Gets Legalized,' Cory Booker Says.
17 Dec: Man jailed for life over $20 marijuana sale has been freed after serving 12 years. Homeless when he sold pot to undercover cops in Louisiana, the state with the world's highest incarceration rate. Wikipedia: List of countries by incarceration rate.
12 Dec 2020: To win Georgia and the Senate, Democrats need to go all-in on $15 minimum wage. Senate candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff both support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 over a few years.
Action Alert: Start Making Calls for Georgia GOTV! (Get Out The Vote!) - SSDP. Students for Sensible Drug Policy. And donate money. . "Students for Sensible Drug Policy is encouraging all of our U.S. members, alumni, and supporters to start making calls and get out the vote for Georgia’s special election on January 5th. ... The MORE Act, ... is looking to face a much more difficult fight in the Senate. ... We can not afford to wait two, four, or six more years for better legislators while marginalized people are being arrested for minor marijuana offenses."
11 Dec: What 100 Years of History Tells Us About Racism in Policing. "Again and again, commissions convened to examine why police brutality sparks unrest have come to the same conclusion: We must address the poverty and systemic racism that go hand in hand with policing communities of color."
| 11 Dec 2020: What’s at stake in the Senate runoffs. "Add to that the fate of the Affordable Care Act, marijuana decriminalization, criminal justice legislation ... Obama needed a Democratic House and Senate to pass the Affordable Care Act in 2010, while Trump could not have passed his massive tax cuts [for the rich] in 2017 without Republicans controlling both chambers."
9 Dec 2020: Man believed to be the longest-serving nonviolent cannabis prisoner, with a 90-year sentence, released: ‘I’m a blessed human being, a survivor’. . Richard DeLisi released in Florida at age 71 after serving 31 years. See also: FreeDeLisi.com.
4 Dec 2020: New Jersey Legislature, Democratic Governor Murphy Reach Agreement on Marijuana Legalization. Final legalization bill expected to pass, and be signed by governor.
2 Dec 2020: Morocco Votes ‘Yes’ in Historic Successful UN Vote on Medical Cannabis.
2 Dec 2020: Cannabidiol (CBD) in cannabis does not impair driving, landmark study shows.
2 Dec 2020: San Francisco bans tobacco smoking inside apartments; pot smoking OK.
2 Dec 2020: Press release — History made today: UN recognizes medical cannabis. .
|Romance novelists raise $400,000 for Georgia Senate races – with help from Stacey Abrams|
25 Nov 2020 article. Senate cannabis reform depends on Democratis winning. "Abrams’ work fighting against suppression of black voters and organizing voter registration efforts is widely credited with helping Joe Biden become the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia in more than a quarter century. Democrats have said her work was 'pivotal' in flipping Wisconsin and other battleground states."
22 Nov: California cannabis industry banking on bills stalled in Republican Senate. A proposal to ease the federal ban on marijuana could encourage more banks to do business with cannabis companies.
21 Nov: Black women in Georgia crucial to Democrats in fight for US senate control. 2018 Democratic party nominee for governor Stacey Abrams has been lauded for registering some 800,000 new voters.
21 Nov: 'Longest-serving cannabis offender' to be released early from 90-year prison sentence .
20 Nov: 'The war on drugs failed': Democratic California lawmaker will push to decriminalize psychedelics in California.
19 Nov 2020: Vote in Mexico brings world's largest legal weed market one step closer. .
19 Nov: Not just COVID: Nursing home neglect deaths surge in shadows. Non-COVID death rate doubles in poorly staffed homes. This wouldn't happen if US had single payer healthcare.
18 Nov: Michigan prisoner serving up to 60 years in pot case asks for mercy. 3 pounds of cannabis.
18 Nov: Congress To Vote On Nationwide Marijuana Legalization In December. The Democratic House will vote on federal descheduling, not state legalization. A Democratic Senate would pass it.
16 Nov: Democrat Northam: ‘We are going to move forward with legalizing marijuana in Virginia’. .
15 Nov: Democrat Warnock for Senate. "Health care is on the ballot". Jan 5 runoff in Georgia.
13 Nov: How To Help With The Georgia Senate Runoff Elections — & Where To Donate. .
13 Nov: Free Medical Marijuana Will Be Available to the Uninsured in Argentina. "implement measures to provide, for free on behalf of the state, products derived from the cannabis plant for patients who have a medical prescription and only have public health coverage".
12 Nov 2020: Israel announces plan to legalize recreational cannabis within 9 months. .
12 Nov: America’s longest serving nonviolent cannabis prisoner to be released. . 1988 arrest.
12 Nov: Argentina to Allow Medicinal Marijuana to Be Grown at Home. Will also allow pharmacies to sell cannabis-derived oils, creams and other products. Insurance must cover the cost of prescriptions.
9 Nov: Gallup: Record Percentage (68%) of Americans Say "Marijuana Should Be Made Legal".
4 Nov 2020: 1 in 3 Americans now lives in a state where recreational marijuana is legal - POLITICO. "New Jersey, Arizona and Montana passed measures to legalize adult-use marijuana. South Dakota became the first state to authorize both medical and recreational sales at the same time. ... South Dakota and Mississippi voters also approved measures to legalize medical marijuana on Election Day."
4 Nov: Oregon becomes first state to legalize psychedelic mushrooms under supervised use.
4 Nov: Oregon decriminalizes possession of street drugs, becoming first in nation. .
3 Nov: Washington, D.C. Voters Approve Psychedelics Decriminalization In Nation's Capital.
30 Oct: Germany firmly rejects recreational marijuana legalization bill as hope fades for reform.
29 Oct 2020: Who is Dalia Kafi? Handcuffed Black woman body-slammed headfirst by Calgary cop who broke her nose for breaking curfew. See the video. How is he still a cop?
Vote out most US Republicans and their cannabis war.
27 Oct 2020: Rick Steves. Make America Proud Again — Vote for Joe and Kamala. Rick Steves is a longtime cannabis activist, and a NORML board member.
Google searches: Racism and drug war. . And: ICU beds at capacity. . 2020 Ballot Initiatives.
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26 Oct 2020: France to Run Pilot Programme to Supply Patients with Free Medicinal Cannabis.
26 Oct 2020: Jubilation as Chile votes to rewrite constitution. "Chileans have voted overwhelmingly in support of rewriting their constitution, which dates to the dictatorship of Gen Augusto Pinochet [installed in a CIA-aided coup in 1973 that killed Salvador Allende, a democratically elected President]."
26 Oct 2020: NJWeedman Ed Forchion sells marijuana across the street from Trenton City Hall. Even the mayor is a fan.
21 Oct 2020: Marijuana Use Linked to Lower Hospital Mortality in COPD Patients.
19 Oct 2020: Legalizing Marijuana Is Risky, Trump-Appointed Prosecutor Warns Montana Voters. Dumbass Republican claims cannabis is addictive, and peddles the gateway drug theory.
14 Oct: Tampa business, Disco Dolls, joins coalition to raise minimum wage via Amendment 2.
14 Oct 2020: Montana Voters Poised To Legalize Marijuana, New Poll Shows.
14 Oct 2020. Illinois. Recreational pot taxes top $100 million in first 8 months of legal sales.
9 and 15 Oct: Bernie Sanders Facebook page graphics below.
7 Oct 2020. Dumping Trump is the only way marijuana legalization will happen | Leafly.
6 Oct 2020. French Republicans (Le Républicains) fight to block legalisation of cannabis.
1 Oct 2020: OSU Hemp Trial Could Change Livestock & Hemp Industries.
28 Sep 2020: Decarboxylation: How to Activate Cannabis. 144 cannabinoids in cannabis.
28 Sep: Bernie Sanders Facebook page graphics below.
28 Sep: Top 9 arguments in support of marijuana legalization and regulation.
26 Sep: Biden says Amy Coney Barrett will overturn Obamacare if confirmed to the Supreme Court.
25 Sep: Rock County (Madison, Wisconsin) makes maximum penalty $1 for cannabis possession.
25 Sep: When Is My Voter Registration Deadline? By state. From article: "Amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, many states have shifted deadlines and expanded registration options. Here’s what you need to know to register to vote in the 2020 general election."
24 Sep: Study: Use of Cannabis Long-Term Not Associated with Cognitive Differences in Older Adults.
21 Sep 2020: New York Launches Process For Destroying Marijuana Conviction Records.
19 and 21 Sep 2020: Bernie Sanders Facebook page graphics below.
US: $50 Trillion Transfer to the 1% from 1975 to 2018. . Plus Republican cannabis war.
|17 Sep: Cannabis in presidential race: Biden-Harris pledge to decriminalize marijuana. "Democrats' marijuana reforms are significantly more progressive than those of the Trump administration. At the start of his administration, Trump's first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, moved to crack down on states that had legalized marijuana. ... in the administration's 2021 budget, the president removed medical cannabis protections that prevented the Justice Department from interfering with state cultivation and distribution."
16 Sep 2020: Cannabis Pilot Programs Are Sprouting in Europe. Switzerland's trial legalization.
12 Sep 2020: These US states are voting on cannabis legalization this November.
Facebook event: South Africa Global Cannabis E-Protest. September 12-19, 2020. Banner below.
Marijuana on the ballot - Ballotpedia. Scroll down to 2020.
How vote by mail works in all 50 states for Election Day 2020 "Here's how each state and the District of Columbia is handling elections this year."
10 Sep 2020: Jimmy Carter says son smoked pot with Willie Nelson at the White House.
9 Sep: Oregon’s marijuana businesses face threat from devastating wildfires; 1 in 5 under some evacuation level statewide.
8 Sep 2020: Cannabis Equity Groups Helping Chicagoans Clear Old Weed Charges, ‘Righting The Wrongs Of The War On Drugs’ – Block Club Chicago.
5 Sep 2020: Marijuana Is Making Its Mark on Ballots in Republican States. "Republican-led legislatures have opposed legalization measures, so proponents are going right to the voters."
4 Sep: US House of Representatives to vote on federal marijuana legalization (descheduling; allowing states to make cannabis laws) for first time; future in Republican Senate uncertain.
3 Sep 2020: In ‘landmark decision’, Pakistan approves industrial use of hemp and medical cannabis.
3 Sep: High-flying drone drops hundreds of bags of cannabis over Tel Aviv, Israel. And: Video.
2 Sep: Protests erupt in upstate New York over video showing a black man, 41, suffocating to death in March after cops put a 'spit hood' over his head and pressed his face down until he stopped breathing.
1 Sep 2020: Mississippi Republican governor: No plan for pardon in woman's life sentence for pot. 26 Aug: A life sentence for less than two ounces of marijuana? "In July, [Republican Governor] Reeves vetoed a bill that would have made more Mississippi inmates eligible for the possibility of parole."
|1 Sep 2020: Historic US House vote to legalize marijuana federally expected this month.. VOTE! "This November, 35 of the Senate’s 100 seats go before the voters—which means the outcome of this fall’s general election could very well mean the difference between federal legalization, or the continuation of cannabis prohibition. NORML, Drug Policy Alliance, the ACLU, the Marijuana Policy Project and other legalization advocacy organizations urge you to register to vote and vote to support reform at all levels."
1 Sep 2020: Nearly 14% of Americans have wiped out emergency savings during coronavirus.
31 Aug: Nebraska Republican Governor Ricketts: 'There is no such thing as medical marijuana'.
Countries with more people wearing face masks have much lower Covid-19 death rates. . Chart below from BBC: Coronavirus: Japan's mysteriously low virus death rate. See more charts. . See Wikipedia: COVID-19 pandemic death rates by country.
July is disability pride month.
- Ever-increasing US household debt under Trump, and his huge tax breaks for the rich, but not for the middle class who need it the most. Huge medical and student debt. Low minimum wages in many Republican states. See map. .
Trump signed tax law that gave 83% of benefits to the top 1%.
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US Republicans Voted Often to Kill Coverage of Pre-Existing Conditions. .
Medicare spends less than 2 percent on bureaucracy. 1.4% to be exact. See chart. We need Medicare for All. Nearly a third of our health care dollars go to something other than health care. See also:
Universal healthcare versus drug war. Canadian single-payer healthcare and Portuguese drug decriminalization
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